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How To Tame An Aggressive Rooster

November 16, 2018
Emmetsburg News

Every now and then, a person comes across an article that hits you just right. One that you find so funny, that every time you think about it, all you do is laugh.

That's how this editorial came to be. I joined a farming website that give a person ideas, suggestions and information on anything from fences to goats to chickens.

Living in town, these are things that a person really doesn't think about. Seriously, taming an aggressive rooster.

Until your aggressive rooster is tame, you should keep yourself safe. Being prepared even if he hasn't hurt you will help you relax and be more confident in your dominant role.

Once your dominance is established, you may still have to show him who is boss once in a while. He's the one taking care of the girls in the coop and wants you to know that they are his. Once he learns you are not after his job, he will quit bothering you.

The following story goes to extremes, but I still laugh when reading it.

I had a rooster named Cogburn. Yep, a rooster Cogburn get it? If you're old enough or like westerns, you know who he was named after. He was a great rooster for the girls, but he loved to run up behind to spur you. During his last rooster attack, I had a basket of eggs and a pail of milk in my hands. "Thump, thump, thump," then screaming and anger ensued.There was a very large chicken pot pie at our church lunch on Sunday.

Roosters attack because in a flock there is a pecking order (no pun intended). More than one rooster in a flock and they will challenge each other every chance they can sometimes until one is dead if there is no intervention.

Once the pecking order is established, you become the intruder when you enter the flock and the rooster feels the need to let you know he is boss and challenges you to dispute that fact.

Remember in the rooster world, he who runs away, walks away or hides is the looser.

The goal is to show the rooster you are boss but that you don't want his job. Here are some tips that I found; however, I do not know if they work:

If your rooster attacks by charging you, raise your arms and move them around - flap them. This makes you look larger than you really are and fierce. take a few steps or even run towards him. Whatever you do, DO?NOT walk away from him or turn your bak to him until he has surrendered to you. This may take a while but be patient, it does work.

Be prepared to stand and stare at him; don't walk away. this would be considered a sign of submission and it will only take longer to correct this aggressive rooster's behavior.

You may even have to chase him. You'll know when he submits to you by his behaviors. He may start pecking the ground, avoiding eye contact with you by looking around or even walk away. Once you see these behaviors you can walk away and join your other backyard chickens.

Depending on the level of his aggression, age, and breed, you may have to repeat the challenge several times until he stops challenging you. You may have a rooster who's learned to use his spurs. In this case, you may have to strike him with your boot, bucket, or a branch.

Most people who grew up on farms remember being chased or spurred by roosters. Some breeds are more prone to aggressive rooster behavior than others.

Stopping aggressive rooster behavior is not impossible although it may take time. Differences in breed, individual temperament and the length of time he has been allowed to exhibit aggressive rooster behavior all play a part in the difficulty of stopping rooster attacks, but you can do it!



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